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Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District

Bikepath from Belmont to Alewife Opening

The long awaited direct bike path connection from Belmont (next to where the Fitchburg line crosses Brighton Street — click for map) to Alewife is open!

2013-09-01 -- open sign at Cambridge end

The overall project is in its final phase of construction, with connections to Cambridge Park Drive (previously open as a detour) and into the marsh currently closed. But you can cycle straight down from Belmont to Alewife now.

2013-09-01 -- Belmont End

The final segment includes a new bike/pedestrian bridge across the Alewife Brook.

2013-09-01 -- crossing bridge towards Alewife

The project had two major components: First, the construction of a bikepath itself. That work was substantially completed a couple of years ago. But a major segment was closed pending construction of a drainage swale to accomodate storm water surges resulting from Cambridge’s separation of its storm and sewer systems. This is a project with huge local benefits — vastly reducing the frequency of sewage overflows into the Alewife.

2013-09-01 -- drainage swale

The City of Cambridge has recreated a lovely landscape using native plants that will be new walking and wilderness appreciation area.
2013-09-01 -- drainage bay
Bike paths into the area are not open as of this writing, but will open shortly.
2013-09-01 -- bike path onto swale

A final opening ceremony is expected later in the fall. My predecessor in the state legislature, Anne Paulsen, deserves enormous credit for initially pushing to create a bike path from Belmont to Alewife and the City of Cambridge deserves enormous credit for moving forward with such a lovely restoration project. My role in the project was to bird-dog funding and land acquisitions to finally get the bike path moving.

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